This Easter week African Enterprise International (AE) is holding a series of events in Juba as part of its Peace and Reconciliation Initiative in South Sudan.
The following events will be held in Juba before Easter Sunday:
April 17th/ Military & Police Officers Peace & Reconciliation Workshop
April 19th / Central Equatorial State Reconciliation Dialogue Breakfast
April 18th – 19th/ Clergy Trauma, Peace & Reconciliation Training
April 18th – 19th / Youth Leaders Peace & Reconciliation Forum
AE’s CEO Rev Dr. Stephen Mbogo said: “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. Therefore AE hopes that as the world celebrates the risen Christ this Easter many communities in South Sudan will also experience afresh the wonderful and liberating power of Christ.”
On top of the above programs, the AE Team will host an interactive radio broadcast on Good Friday. The phone-in will give the opportunity to thousands of South Sudanese listeners to express their views on the root cause of the division in their society whilst making constructive contribution to the debate of Peace and Reconciliation.
The Youth Leaders Peace & Reconciliation Forum will also be extended to young people in public schools. Therefore, AE Team will conduct outreaches at various learning institutions in the South Sudanese capital.
The AE team will address a diversity of audiences, speaking engagements for the week will be held at various venues in different Church denominations including the Catholic and Episcopal Church of Sudan.
The main objective for this outreach to various community groups in South Sudan is to contribute to the ongoing efforts of Peace and Reconciliation in this strategic area of the African continent.
The work of African Enterprise in South Sudan began in the early 80’s and more recently following the Macedonian call from Political and Church leaders in South Sudan at the end of 2013 AE is now continuing its ministry of Peace & Reconciliation, Trauma & Healing with the South Sudanese.
Outlines of AE’s main events in Juba this Easter Week
Military and police Leaders Forum: High levels of stress are clearly expressed amongst those in the uniformed services so the AE Team will offer biblical counselling at the forum. Issues of reconciliation would also be addressed alongside issues of stress and repentance.
Central Equatoria Leaders forum: This forum will address the burden and weight of responsibility borne by the state members of parliament and government workers in view of the current conflict. Modes of responding to conflict stress and reconciliation would be elaborated. This state event would act as a prototype for possible intervention in some of the other adversely affected states.
Church Leaders Reconciliation Forum: This forum would seek to address the need for reconciliation among Church leaders. In most cases here in South Sudan, the shepherds are also in need of healing.
Youth Leaders Peace & Reconciliation Forum: During this event the youth will be given the opportunity to express their challenges and give their views on the ongoing debate on Peace and reconciliation in their nation.